Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

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Hi everyone!

So, today I’m reviewing a book I read a few months ago called The Luxe.  I kinda forgot about it until today, cause, y’know, I read a TON of books.  Well, to be truthful, not as many as Ash, but still…

Anyways, I saw this book on the shelf  after I was done typing away at my essay, and I thought, “Why not?”  So, here I am, typing away at my review that I’m not really writing, more like rambling on and boring you all to death.

So here it is!

The Luxe is about sisters named Diana and Elizabeth, who live in Manhattan in 1899.  This
book is about their journey through staying on the top of the social food chain and what
happens when their reputations are threatened.  There are several AWESOME events in the
book, but you have to read it to find out what they are!  this book is definitely a stay-up-until-
3AM type of book that will have you hooked in a matter of minutes.  Luckily, there’s four
books in the series!

Definitely a worthy read.  Check it out!  I give this book a total of 7.6 pens.  Thanks!

XO,

Ginger

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Story Review: Free, by Mochi

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Hi everyone! Ash and Ginger here. At P2P, we recently got emailed a short story, and so here’s our review of Free, by (pen name) Mochi.

Since this story was so amazing, I’m rating it 9 pens. We’ve really got a budding author here!

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Here’s the story:

I finally convinced my parents that I am old enough to stay home alone. They left this morning and won’t be home until dinner. I think I have enough time. Now I can get started.
Quiet as the rustle of a butterfly’s wings, I grab all my packs, my sword, and some food.The reek of poison still slips through the house like a monster. Dead bodies still litter our floor. I pull my gaze quickly away, ignoring the stench of carrion and blood that’s choking my throat while salty tears fall onto the paper before me. Black ink drips all over my arm, and I realize I’ve been jabbing the pen into my fist the entire time. 
“Shoot,” I mutter, and start writing my note.

It’s not safe here anymore. I’m leaving. So should you.
-A

I’ll miss them alot, but it’s best for all of us. Nearly tripping over the rotting carcass of a dismembered official, I steal quickly out the door. The morning light wraps around me like a hot, itchy cloak, and I shy away from it to hide in the shadows. Two officials sit before me, unaware of what lurks behind them, and I take a deep, shuddering breath, as quiet as possible. It’s inevitable what I have to do. I don’t think they ever saw what hit them. They now lie broken and bent on the ground, candy red blood spilling from their insides, and I turn away in disgust. This is why I have to get out of here. I’m turning into a monster. I’ve been hidden for too long , and my sword grows hungrier every day I wait. Inside the house, I’m a zombie in the making. No peace. There will be more fighting to be done, of course… but for now, I’ll be free.

Free. I slink past their bodies, doing my best to forget the ones on the ground at my house, like a sea of bloated corpses awash with blood, floating on the surface of the water and rising up like a tsunami. In my dreams, it spilled over me and never let me come up again. I sit down on the ground, my back against the alley wall, shivering with the memories of those days. 
“Calm down. You’re gonna get out of this,” I whisper. “Everything will be okay.”

Only darkness stands ahead. In the distance, crumbling gray buildings rise up out of the desert wasteland. To anyone else, it is dangerous, a limitless expanse of dust and barren plains. The possibilities of misfortune that could come upon me are endless- but so are the possibilities of other, better things, and that’s why I’m going. 

I see the two girls standing a couple feet away from me, looking around. 
“Hide,” one commands without warning. They both duck into the shadows next to me as a man walks by. Once he passes, I lean in a little and whisper, “I’m here.”
Both girls jump to the side and the younger looking one yelps. I nod, pushing my black hair aside so they’ll see my pale face in the shadows.
“We thought you would never come.”
“I was hiding. Do you have weapons?”
“Yes.”
Before us, there is only shadow that masks a new life, far from the government. So far, we’ll never have to hide again. My knuckles gripping the hilt of my sword are bloodless and white, and I know I can’t put it off any longer. I take a breath and step into the darkness as we hear footsteps and shouts behind us.

Everything is black.

 

Hope you like!

~ Ash

Mirage by Jenn Reese

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Hey! Calico here!
Mirage by Jenn Reese
I am reviewing the book Mirage by Jenn Reese. It is the sequel to Above World, which Ginger reviewed. In this book, 4 teens are traveling through the desert to find the City of Equians (Centaurs). When they find it they realize it has been overrun by a clone of Fathom. It’s up to them to compete in the time trials and win back the city. Their lives literally depend on it!!! Though this book is full of action and drama, it touches your heart with the true meaning of family, not the family you are born with, but the family you choose. I give this book 9.6 pens.
– Calico

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

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Finally, a book with two authors!
This is about two high schoolers, Emma and Josh. Emma just got a new computer and installed a cd-rom on it. She opens AOL and finds herself on Facebook. Oh, and the year is 1996. So Emma and Josh find themselves 15 years in the future.

Anyways, the book is about how Emma and Josh change their present lives because they don’t like their futures. It’s really good, once again a school librarian recommendation. I’m giving this 9 pens because of the ideas, the style of writing, and the overall awesomeness.

Xo,
Ginger 😉

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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Hi everyone! Ash here. Although I’ve not finished, this is one of the best books that I have ever read! The plot like keeps changing, and I’ll think I understand a character and then they will do something totally unexpected. On the cover of the book I have, it says, “Highly recommended!” (Robin Hobb), and I definitely agree!

The whole idea of the book is a masterpiece upon itself, and the idea centers around special people called “Mistborns,” people who can use all of the Allomatic metals. The young girl, Vin, is one of these. Vin is a thief, taught to trust nobody by her brother, who had to leave her, betray her, in order to install that certain fear in her. Now, years later, that fear has stuck, and Vin stays alive the only way she can–by making herself valuable. Her crew leader takes her along as a good-luck charm, and Vin hopes that’s all he thinks. In reality, Vin is a Mistborn and half Skaa. She isn’t even supposed to exist, yet her luck holds until one day, when Kelsier, the Survivor of the Pits, comes along and reports that the crew is being tailed. Then, he shows Vin how much power she really has, and she sticks around to learn it. Suddenly, she and Kelsier’s new, Allomatic crew who each share one of his powers are thrust into a conflict–they have the will to overthrow the Lord Ruler, the “sliver of infinity,” but are there enough wits to do it?

Hope you like!

~ Ash

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman

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Hi everyone! Ash here. We’re starting a new way of rating books, since we keep doing four-point-this and four-point-that. We’re doing it in pens: 0 pens sucks, 10 pens rocks!

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, by Alison Goodman, is an amazing book in many ways, so I’m giving it 7.8 pens. (Oops. I did something-point-something.) It is set in China, with the Chinese custom of years being a prominent influence. The protagonist is a girl, a girl who wants to be a Dragoneye is a world where men are dominant. Not only is she a girl who wants to be a Dragoneye, she is a crippled girl who wants to be a Dragoneye. So it’s all, like, the weak rise up to defeat the strong.

As if. When the Rat Dragon (remember, this is based on the Chinese years!) appears in front of the select boys (and the secret girl), and selects… not Eon. Definitely not Eon. And while we’re wallowing in sadness, remember, Lord Eon is actually Lady Eona. And she’s not twelve, she’s sixteen.

When Eon’s secret comes to life, she must fight to keep the Imperial crown in safe hands. She must find the strength to fight the people who want to take her power. Oh, and her life.

Hope you like!

~ Ash